Faculty & Staff

Duke Youth Academy for Christian Formation
Duke Divinity School
Box 104146
312 Blackwell St., Suite 101
Durham, NC 27701

(919) 613-5323


Alaina Kleinbeck, Director of the Duke Youth Academy

Alaina has served youth ministries and organizations in suburban St. Louis, urban Houston, and Norway. She holds degrees from Concordia University Nebraska and Duke Divinity School. Before her time with the Duke Youth Academy, she was a Director of Christian Education working with middle school students. She is passionate about including young people in all aspects of life in the church, developing faithful Christian practices within communities, and listening to and empowering the voices of those who are silenced in society. She is a committed bike commuter and novice gardener, both of which make Durham a good place to call home.

Ashley Gilmore, Program Coordinator for Duke Youth Academy

Ashley brings gifts of hospitality and logistical and program coordination to the DYA community. She holds degrees from Purdue University and Indiana University Bloomington School of Education. Prior to joining the community in 2011, she served as coordinator of a youth program for minority students at the Kelley School of Business. She is passionate about making the experience for students and staff calm, pleasant, diverse, and inviting. She is married to Rev. Jeremy Gilmore and they have two daughters, Jocelyn and Jaelle. You can find Ashley being hospitable to friends, family, and her church community.

Faculty Advisors

Fred Edie, Faculty Director
(919) 660-3542

Fred Edie grew up playing sports, swimming, fishing and swatting gnats on a small island near Savannah, Georgia. He holds degrees from Furman University, Vanderbilt University and Emory University. Fred is a United Methodist pastor and served as a youth minister for almost 20 years. In addition to Book, Bath, Table and Time: Christian Worship as Source and Resource for Youth Ministry (Pilgrim, 2007), he has written numerous articles and curricular pieces on Christian formation. He currently teaches in the ministries division of Duke Divinity School where he is an associate professor of the practice of Christian education. Fred is married to Alison Hester Edie, nurse-practitioner and artist, and together they have two college-aged children, Stewart and Rebekah.

Jeff Conklin-Miller, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Christian Formation, and Director of the Master of Arts in Christian Practice Degree Program
(919) 613-5332

For nearly twenty years, Jeff Conklin-Miller has served as a youth minister and a campus minister, an associate pastor, co-pastor, and senior pastor in congregations in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Southern California. He now serves at Duke Divinity School as the Director of the Master of Arts in Christian Practice (M.A.C.P.). Jeff holds degrees from the University of California, Riverside, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and Duke Divinity School. He is married to the Rev. Shannon Conklin-Miller, and together they have two children, Emma and Ethan. These days, he’s gearing up to run his first half-marathon, and continues his ongoing search for good sushi and Baja fish tacos.

Leadership Team

DYA is led by a team of ministry coordinators who oversee various aspects of the DYA program.

  • Zac Workun (M.Div ‘14), the community practices ministry coordinator, is the associate pastor at Southern Hills Baptist Church, Tulsa, Okl.
  • Julian Pridgen (M.Div ‘08), the worship and prayer ministry coordinator, is the minister at St. Augustus A. M. E. Zion Church, Kinston, N.C.
  • J. Marquice Miller, the music ministry coordinator, is a teacher in the Guilford County Schools and the praise and worship leader at The Potter’s House in Greensboro, N.C.
  • Liz DeGaynor (M.T.S. ‘09, Th.D. ‘15), the academic life ministry coordinator, is the Associate Director of the Master of Arts in Christian Practice program at Duke Divinity School.

Front row: Ashley Gilmore, Alaina Kleinbeck, and Julian Pridgen. Back row: Zac Workun, J. Marquice Miller, and Liz DeGaynor